A Step Above The Rest: Women’s cross country tops 40-team field

Jonathan Tewodros, Senior Writer

The women’s cross country team had an impressive showing on Sept. 20 at the Dickinson Long Course-Short Course Invitational, where it came in first place out of 40 schools. The Bison were victorious in both the 4k and 6k race to take the overall team title.

The top overall finisher for the Bison was Chrissy Bendzinski ’18, finishing as the runner-up in the 6k race (23:04.45). Following her were three other Bison in the top-10: Kate Scott ’17 (23:18.60), Meghan Carroll ’16 (23:23.28), and Emma Cousins ’18 (23:28.92).

“The course conditions were tough with the heat and the hills, but we really worked together well as a team to have a strong finish,” Scott said.

Kylie Pearse ’15 (14:39.32) and Deanna Godby ’16 (14:48.55) led the Bison in the 4k race, finishing sixth and seventh, respectively.

The Bison scored a 30 in the 4k race, two points better than second-place Shippensburg. The Bison also scored a 13 in the 6k race, 41 points better than second-place finisher Dickinson.

The women’s cross country team has finished in first place in both of their scored competitions this season. The Bison will travel to Charlottesville, Va. on Sept. 26 for the Panorama Farms Invitational, hosted by the University of Virginia.

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